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9th Wonder – 15 Years Later and People Still Marveling

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It’s been 15 years since the release of the debut album The Listening from the North Carolina trio Little Brother blessed the scene. The record dropped to much critical acclaim and fanfare as a return to the style of Hip-Hop that Pete Rock, A Tribe Called Quest and De La Soul made popular. That’s actually […]

Fire Starter: What’s Your Favorite Beat From Just Blaze?

Recently Netflix released an 8 part documentary series called Rapture that goes into the day-to-day lives and behind the scenes of a small handful of Hip-Hop personalities including Nas, T.I., Logic, Dave East and more. One of the more impressive episodes was based around New Jersey-born producer/DJ Just Blaze born Justin Smith. Now that name […]

Watch the ‘Public Enemies: Jay-Z vs Kanye West’ Documentary

JAY-Z and Kanye West are two of the most iconic names in Hip-Hop, but as of late many have wondered about the official status of their now seemingly strained relationship. Although the two have never really spoken in depth about their issues publicly outside of a few lines on JAY-Z’s latest single, “Kill Jay Z.”  […]

Nas, Ghostface Killah, Just Blaze, and More to Headline A3C Festival

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In the growing spectrum of music festivals dedicated to the genre of Hip-Hop, Atlanta’s A3C (All Three Coasts) Festival & Conference is at the forefront. Every year the event brings together hip-hop lovers, artists, intellectuals, and all-around thinkers to conduct a week filled with everything Hip-Hop was always meant to be, and this year, the tradition continues. […]

Today In Hip Hop History: The Game Drops ‘The Documentary’ 12 Years Ago

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On this date in 2005, Compton emcee The Game released his debut album The Documentary on Aftermath/G-Unit/Interscope records. The Game was the first G-Unit representative from outside of NYC to be a part of the then-dominating roster consisting of Tony Yayo, Lloyd Banks and its general, 50 Cent. The album was originally called “Nigga Witta […]

End Your Week With a Listen to Matt Citron’s “Election Day”

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Fresh off the releases of his well-received anthem, “404” featuring Cyhi the Prince and Money Makin’ Nique and single “Stay Down”, athlete-turned-artist Matt Citron returns with an aptly-titled message for his competition. Just in the knick of time, the Atlanta-based emcee’s “Election Day” is a freestyle that puts his emerging talent front and center. Boasting a flow […]

Termanology Returns to Rap with More Politics

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Termanology has recruited all-star cast of luminaries to round out what promises to be one of 2016’s most diverse projects “More Politics” which drops Nov. 18th including features from Joey Bada$$, Bun B, Styles P, Sheek Louch, Saigon, KXNG Crooked, Bodega Bamz, Westside Gunn, Conway, Your Old Droog & Chris Rivers. In 2008, Termanology really […]

KXNG Crooked Announces New Project ‘Good Vs Evil’

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KXNG Crooked of the group Slaughterhouse is fully aware of the police brutality ripping through the nation and aims to create a unifying anthem with his next project Good vs Evil which will feature the likes of Eminem, Tech N9ne, RZA and Xzibit. The first single “Shoot Back (Dear Officer)” features Tech N9ne in which […]

Meet Myles William, Soon To Be Your Favorite New Producer

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It’s no secret the road to success is often a rocky one. If you ask music producer Myles Wiliam, he will tell you, “I worked 24 hours a day, nonstop.” William has worked with artists like Lil Wayne, French Montana, Kendrick Lamar, Keyshia Cole, Iggy Azalea, Rick Ross and many others. He even had a […]

Just Blaze Livestreams Traffic Stop, Officer Asks “Is Your Car Legit?”

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Platinum producer Just Blaze Livestreamed himself Thursday on Periscope being pulled over by police, where the the officer who pulled over Blaze asked him if his Lamborghini Huracan “was legit”. The man responsible for several of Jay-Z’s hit singles even asked the cop to address him as “human being”. Blaze says that the officer sent […]

The 10 Best Just Blaze Beats After 2010

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Very much credited for helping craft the revered Roc-a-Fella sound and giving the affiliated artists (JAY Z, Cam’Ron, etc) some of their biggest hits, it’s only natural Just Blaze kinda fell back from Hip Hop production after operating at such a high level for years. But that doesn’t mean Justin Smith wasn’t making music, which […]

Why “Live At The BBQ” Was One Of SXSW’s Livest Events

Music festivals and Hip Hop have always had an interesting relationship. Hip Hop only festivals such as A3C in Atlanta and the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival present a different formula, but mainstream festivals by nature typically only feature a sprinkling of rap’s finest on top of their indie rock and electronic infused schedules. While this […]

[Video] Throwback Interview with Just Blaze

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Is Just Blaze in your top 5? After the ridiculous mix we watched him put together at Bacardi’s Mango Fusion event in 2014, it would certainly be justifiable if he was. Before Just took the stage at the Chelsea party and paid tribute to Illmatic, we asked him his thoughts on it as the 20th […]

iStandard Hosts “Boot Camp” For Music Producers

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This past weekend (November 13-15) iStandard hosted their annual event in New York City dedicated to music producers. Presented by AKAI with sponsors such as Ableton and Monster Energy, Beat Camp featured a blend of workshops, panels and classroom discussions with a focus on producer branding/management, A&R meeting simulations, networking and relationships, songwriter and producer […]